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You will be asked certain questions by an officer during a routine DUI stop. An officer needs probable cause for intoxication before he can arrest you for suspicion of driving under the influence. There are several different ways to obtain probable cause.

  1. Admissions

Oftentimes, to be compliant, drivers will admit to having been drinking. These statements can be used against you. You have the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and not say anything that could incriminate you. If you do offer an admission, it can later be used as proof of your intoxication, or in the very least of you having consumed alcoholic beverages. Lets consider an example.

When you have been stopped for suspicion of a DUI, it is a scary and stressful experience. What most people do not know is that officers have to follow a certain protocol before they are allowed to arrest someone for the suspicion of a DUI. If they do not follow the protocol, they do not have grounds to take someone into custody. Saying certain things, even though it may seem like you are cooperating with officers, may give officers the reasonable cause they are looking for. Understanding the process and the legal obstacles officers must jump over, may give some clarification on the issue of what statements you should not make to officers if you find yourself being stopped.

Probable Cause

For an officer to ask you to pull over they need a probable cause. Probable cause will arise from a traffic violation, or for some violation in driving. This will give officers the authority to ask you to pull over. Such violations can be speeding, running a red light, or weaving.

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